Lake Avenue dog beach trial

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Off-leash dog beach at Lake Avenue now official

The beach access at Lake Avenue is now a permanent off-leash dog beach. The decision follows the conclusion of a two-year trial to determine the feasibility of the site for off-leash dogs. Council reviewed results of the trial on Monday, Dec. 9, and determined that the site could continue as an off-leash dog beach on a permanent basis.

Results of public feedback, water quality testing, dog control, and community policing were overall positive for continued use of the beach for dogs. Based on public feedback received, improvements at the dog beach are expected to be made in spring 2020, including better fencing, improved signage, and the addition of a doggie bag dispenser.

Lake Avenue Beach Access is located at 117 Lake Avenue and will now provide an additional option for dog owners to take their dogs off-leash at the waterfront. Other beaches with off-leash status in Kelowna include:

  • Cedar Creek Park (5200 Lakeshore Road)
  • Poplar Point Drive beach access located near the entrance to Knox Mountain Park
  • Downtown Sails on Bernard Avenue as a cooling off beach with designated off-leash hours

For more information about dog parks and beaches, visit kelowna.ca/parks.

Off-leash dog beach at Lake Avenue now official

The beach access at Lake Avenue is now a permanent off-leash dog beach. The decision follows the conclusion of a two-year trial to determine the feasibility of the site for off-leash dogs. Council reviewed results of the trial on Monday, Dec. 9, and determined that the site could continue as an off-leash dog beach on a permanent basis.

Results of public feedback, water quality testing, dog control, and community policing were overall positive for continued use of the beach for dogs. Based on public feedback received, improvements at the dog beach are expected to be made in spring 2020, including better fencing, improved signage, and the addition of a doggie bag dispenser.

Lake Avenue Beach Access is located at 117 Lake Avenue and will now provide an additional option for dog owners to take their dogs off-leash at the waterfront. Other beaches with off-leash status in Kelowna include:

  • Cedar Creek Park (5200 Lakeshore Road)
  • Poplar Point Drive beach access located near the entrance to Knox Mountain Park
  • Downtown Sails on Bernard Avenue as a cooling off beach with designated off-leash hours

For more information about dog parks and beaches, visit kelowna.ca/parks.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
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    You say the trial ended in September 2019. What's the result?

    Al J2 asked 8 months ago

    The results of the trial are compiled and undergoing internal review, prior to being brought forward to Council. The timing will depend on Council's schedule over the next few Council meetings prior to the holidays, or may be in the new year depending on the Clerk's office. All Council meeting items are posted the Thursday prior on the agenda. You can sign up to receive the agendas on Escribe, available at https://www.kelowna.ca/ at the bottom of the home page is a link to 'Sign up for Updates'. Thank you for your interest.

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    Is this going to be a permanent dog beach?

    Joelle asked 9 months ago

    City staff are in the process of compiling the results of the trial, including the results of this forum, water quality testing data, and data and feedback from Bylaw Services. Based on these results, staff will make a recommendation to Council. This will occur in the next several months. This compilation has not been complete as of yet.

    It will then go to Council for a final decision to maintain the beach as a dog beach or not. 

    Thank you for your question.

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    What determines whether this trial is successful or not?

    Tuesdayw asked 11 months ago

    City staff will compile the results of the trial, including the results of this forum, water quality testing data, and data and feedback from Bylaw Services. Based on these results, staff will make a recommendation to Council. It will ultimately be a Council decision to maintain the beach as a dog beach or not.  Thank you for your question.

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    Love that we are adding more dog parks! I feel we need to do a better job informing the public on these dog beaches. We've been looking all summer for a dog beach(besides cedar Creek- very far for us) and just found this forum today! I hope these parks are approved after the trial run. Who doesn't love water dogs!!

    Tuesdayw asked 11 months ago

    Thank you for your input.

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    I believe this dog beach to be a valuable asset to the local community and would like to see it continued. My question is why is the area not completely enclosed (fenced) and why should it include the whole of the area including all the grassed area between the beach and parking area?

    Bob asked over 1 year ago

    The trial included fencing to delineate and protect the riparian area. Additional fencing was not included. At the end of the 2019 trial period, the results of the trial will be assessed, including potential improvements such as fencing, should Council choose to continue the use of the space as a dog beach in the long term.

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    When does the two year trial for this dog park start and end and how long before the 2 year maturing will the community have to respond?

    CarmenS asked over 1 year ago

    The two year trial began once the fencing along the riparian area was complete in August 2017 and will go for two year, ending in the beginning of September 2019. The public may provide comment at any time during this trial period. After the trial period is complete, staff will review the results of the trial, including public input as well as well as City data such as bylaw requests. A report to Council will be prepared and it will ultimately be at Council's discretion if the park is kept as a dog beach in the long term.

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    This is a great idea and we often take our dog to this beach. We love it and it seems we not alone as it is always busy. My only concern (as with the Poplar Point dog beach as well) is the decision to have not run the chainlink fence right to the water. With the highway so close by I am always concerned about my dog, or another running out after something and getting out on the highway. I understand it is my responsibility as a dog owner to be able to have my dog in control, and I usually do, but dogs have minds of their own and some times they break the rules if enticed by something that seems worth it. On the other side of the beach, fencing doesn't seem like an issue because if a dog does run it only has more beach, but on the North side of the park, having the fence run right down to the water (even 10-15 feet into the water) would give a dog owner a chance to stop Fido if he suddenly decides chasing that cyclist is worth the scolding.

    Kevin Facey asked almost 2 years ago

    Given that the use as a dog beach is on a trial basis, there won't be any improvements done until after the trial, and if it is then determined to make it a permanent dog beach.

    As a general note, with respect to fences, the province prohibits anything that inhibits walking along the foreshore (the area between high and low water),. The City must respect this requirement along the water in all of its parks and beach accesses.

    Thank you for your feedback.  

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    We live a few blocks away but it has been a great spot for a break in our walk and where our dog can cool down/swim. Fencing would make it better but otherwise it’s been wonderful! Would love to keep using it in the future.

    Luna asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for your feedback and suggestion.

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    This is GREAT news, but I don’t understand how the TWO year trial ends September 2019... did it start in 2017 and, if so, why is this being publicized a year later?

    BigDog, Little Dog asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for your feedback. As background, the project to create additional dog beaches in the City was initiated in 2015, when Council approved a staff proposal for public engagement on potential dog beaches, one of which was Lake Avenue. Public engagement occurred through 2016, a summary of the engagement is available here: https://www.kelowna.ca/sites/files/1/docs/dogbeachpark_engagementreport-september2016web.pdf. In 2017 Council determined to designate Poplar Point and the Downtown Sails area (at Kerry Park) as dog beaches.  It was also determined to open Lake Avenue Beach Access to dogs on a trial basis, starting in 2017, to continue for a two year period. This site was initiated in August 2017, and is the primary form of engagement for the project. Thank you for your interest.


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    I am new to the area and have 2 dogs. I am within walking distance to this dog beach and have been several times. It has been a great experience for me and my dogs, no problems of any kind. I love it and they should keep it.

    Lea asked almost 2 years ago

    It's great to hear that the space has been enjoyable for you and your dogs. Thanks for the feedback.

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    I fully support this being a permanent dog beach. How do I officially voice my support? Can we start a signature campaign?

    Alisha P asked almost 2 years ago

    You are welcome to start a signature campaign if you like, or you can suggest to your contacts that they visit this site, at getinvolved.Kelowna.ca site - Lake Avenue Dog Beach trial, and fill out the 'tell us what you think' form to indicate their support for the use of the beach as a dog park. This is where we will compile feedback, support and suggestions through the trial period.

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    There are walkways throughout the city that are often littered with debris or dog waste. It’s hard to find garbage cans except in parks or school yards, which don’t allow dogs. Would it be possible to install garbage cans near some of the walkways, to encourage people to pick up after their dogs? I emailed another city department over a month ago and have not yet heard a response.

    tsebulsky asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi there, we are currently looking at ways to add value to our dog parks and linear paths. This is a good suggestion and we will look at options to include this in our planning and operations.

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    Why is it that there is no gate at this beach access? I saw dogs running out interfering with Cyclists, pedestrians, especially some little kids who are afraid of dogs. There are irresponsible dog owners, who left their dogs running wild, out of control, it is very disturbed at time !!

    Pandosy asked almost 2 years ago

    It was decided that the Lake Avenue Dog Beach was to be done on a trial basis, to assess the use of a dog beach at this location. As a trial, no investments have been made in terms of infrastructure like gates or fencing at this time. In all cases (on or off-leash), owners are responsible for controlling their dogs from impacting the enjoyment of others in public spaces.

    This is important feedback that will be considered as part of the trial and for potential improvements should it be established as a permanent dog beach after the trial is complete. Thank you!

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    This is great, and I agree Kelowna (and West Kelowna) needs more off-leash areas. Is there a more appropriate place where I can request there be more off-leash walking trails rather than just an enclosed area?? Something like Ellison dog park... But more central. Thanks!

    Michelle asked almost 2 years ago

    Off-leash walking trails for dogs is a request we have heard from the public. Staff is currently looking at opportunities through the City for off-leash walking trails as well as other potential dog parks. Public engagement is undertaken to receive feedback from neighbours, concerned citizens and dog owners alike prior to designating an area as an off-leash park. This feedback will be considered as part of this process. Thank you!

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    Keep lake ave a dog park!! Also know as mushroom beach as the beach attracts nothing but drugs. The dog beach will hopefully push these drugs people out. City enforce would be nice at the beach in 2018 as it is unacceptable to have people shooting up and smoking weed etc in a city park.

    Rint asked over 2 years ago

    Thank you for your feedback. Bylaw enforcement efforts will continue through 2018 and be considered in the results of the trial.

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    Is this area closed now or open as we are looking for somewhere to take our dog today.

    Brin1956 asked almost 2 years ago

    Yes, it is open now. Enjoy!

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    How long will the off-leash dog beach at Lake Avenue be closed? Will another one be opened in lieu of the closure? Thank you, Jaime

    Jaime asked about 2 years ago

    With the onset of freshet it's not clear how long Lake Avenue will be closed, Mill Creek is adjacent to the park where creek flows are picking up due to spring melt which is expected to be higher than normal.

    Unfortunately, there is not another park opening up in lieu however, visit this link to see other locations around the city.

     

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    Will there be more off lease parks for owners and dogs to enjoy the water? With all the construction for residential homes there will be request to make Kelowna amenities open for all. I am living in the Glenmore area with several new towers/townhouses under construction. There is a lack of green space for walking dogs close to the units. Having to drive or daily walks with your pet increases the traffic and the pollution in the air. Many of the older people have no choice as the local park on the corner of Valley View Road and Summit does not allow pets. I sympathize with with my neighbours and look forward to my move to Sopa.

    Pirjo Boucher asked over 2 years ago

    Thank you for reaching out about additional off leash dog parks. Here's a link to the latest public engagement outcomes which helped with the addition of three new off-leash dog beaches on Kelowna.ca. Also, there is a comprehensive map of all areas that allow dogs on and off leash.  I hope this helps.

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    Thank you for the off-leash dog park at Lake Avenue Beach Access. It is a joy for those who have no dog to be able to sit and watch the dogs and their owners play in the water together. Lucky People and lucky dogs! Thank you again.

    joellen asked almost 3 years ago

    Thank you for the great feedback!

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    Will it be possible to make it wheelchair accessible, by putting wheelchair mats down? It would be great to have a place for me to take my dogs.

    Mahewitt asked over 2 years ago

    Thank you for your comment. We will take your idea into consideration. At this point, the park will remain in its current state for the trial period which runs until September 2019. If the trial is successful and the park becomes permanent we can consider this option in more detail. I would recommend checking out Cedar Creek Park as an alternative. It has compacted gravel pathway along the shoreline that might work well for you. Dogs are allowed off-leash at this park.

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    I think this is a good idea. With more people that will eventually live downtown, they will need green areas to enjoy with their furry friends. What happens after the 2 year trial is over?

    Manuel asked almost 3 years ago

    During the trial we're paying close attention to what's going on at the dog beach. When the trial is done, we'll look at factors like public feedback, bylaw and dog control issues and water quality (regular testing is happening for the duration of the trial.) City staff will then present a report to council, along with a recommendation whether to keep the beach park for dog use or not. Ultimately, the final decision will be up to City Council. 

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    Will there be a chance to trial this area by having it completely fenced off like other off-leash dog areas?

    Kelownazen asked almost 3 years ago

    We wanted the foreshore to remain open, both visually and physically. The timber rail fence that has been installed will be the boundary of the dog park for this trial. Planting and decorative boulders will be added to strengthen this boundary. Dog owners must take it upon themselves to contain their dogs to the designated are.

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    Why is dog controle not on site to deal with all the dog owners who don't follow the signage and have dogs on adjoining beaches. What number do you call to remove these owners and dogs when not Monday to Friday 9to5.

    Hayley B asked almost 3 years ago

    Central Okanagan Dog Control Services supports and encourages responsible dog owners across the entire Regional District.The Central Okanagan Dog Control Service enforces the Consolidated Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw No. 1343 throughout the Central Okanagan (Kelowna, West Kelowna, Lake Country, Peachland and the electoral areas).

    To report a complaint about a dog in your area, contact the Regional District of Central Okanagan Dog Control, Monday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (250) 469-6284 or email info-dogcontrol@cord.bc.ca. If the office is closed and you are reporting either a seriously injured stray dog OR a dog that is currently at large and attacking only, call CORD’s emergency line (250) 979-0925.


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    Why are you changing this specific beach access??

    Kelownazen asked almost 3 years ago

    Every year the City hears from residents and visitors who say Kelowna needs more dog beaches. So, after extensive public consultations, City Council approved two new permanent off-leash dog parks at Poplar Point and the Downtown Sails, as well as this two-year trial at the Lake Avenue Beach Access.

    The beach is relatively large compared to other options that were considered. It’s in a great location next to City Park and the downtown core and while there is limited parking available at the beach access itself, there is ample parking just over the bridge in City Park.

    The beach is also next to the mouth of Mill Creek, whose outflow into the lake ensures good water circulation. It is hoped the increased “eyes on the beach” from dog-owners throughout the day will help deter undesirable or illegal activities that are often reported in the area.


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    Doesn't the City need a permit from the province to change the beach use?

    Kelownazen asked almost 3 years ago

    The City does not require a permit to change the beach use. Permitting through the Province (Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources) is only required for work in and around a water body. For example, if we were wanting to construct a dock, a boardwalk, etc.